OU's Ryan Spangler to Play on Thunder's Summer League Team

Tuesday, June 28th 2016, 1:13 pm
By: Brett Coppenbarger

After an incredible career playing basketball at the University of Oklahoma, it looks like Ryan Spangler will be starting his professional career with a team located right down the road from Norman. The former Sooner big man was invited to play with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Summer League in Orlando. 

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The invite to play with Oklahoma City doesn't guarantee a roster spot-- especially for a loaded team like the Thunder-- but it provides Spangler with an platform to be seen by multiple NBA scouts and GMs who are looking to add to their roster. 

Spangler made a name for himself as a Sooner with his knack for always being in the right position for rebounds, while his game constantly improved over his three years as a starter. Mostly known as a post player when he first arrived in Norman as a transfer from Gonzaga, Spangler learned to expand his game to the outside and knocked down 32 three-pointers in his senior season. In all, Spangler averaged 10.2 points and nine rebounds his final year on campus. 

One reason Spangler has a spot on the Summer League roster could be the fact that OKC's first round pick-- Domantas Sabonis-- won't be playing in Orlando and instead opted to play for Lithuania in the Olympics. Like Sabonis, Spangler projects to be a power forward at the next level, and should see more opportunity to earn playing time without Sabonis jockeying for minutes on the court.